Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett has quietly been among the most consistent players in football, totaling at least 900 yards and eight touchdowns in four straight seasons. He’s made it look easy, though according to Lockett, it’s been anything but. The 29-year-old admitted he’s struggled with depression and anxiety throughout his career, reaching a point where he considered giving up football for good.
Luckily, Lockett seems to have a better handle on his mental health these days. He published a book of poetry in 2019 and recently started a new side hustle as a real estate agent (Lockett completed 90 hours of course work before passing his real estate licensing exam earlier this offseason).
Lockett has done well to discover an identity for himself outside of football, though it wasn’t always that way. For years, the Pro Bowler put his battle with anxiety and depression on the backburner, prioritizing his career at great expense to his mental health. During this time, Lockett’s warrior mentality served as a double-edged sword, helping him on the field, but hurting him off it.
Lockett knows what it’s like to be in a dark place, afraid to be vulnerable in a physically demanding sport that rewards strength and masculinity. With the knowledge he has now, Lockett would encourage others to embrace their true, authentic self, exercising patience and accepting life’s challenges, not as obstacles, but as chances to learn and grow.
It’s a powerful message and a testament to Lockett’s character, maintaining a healthy outlook on life, even in moments of great pain and suffering. For years, athletes were reluctant to discuss mental health, but thanks to advocates like Kevin Love, Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and others who have shared their experiences with anxiety and depression, those walls are slowly coming down.